The '''Virginia Military Institute''' ('''VMI''') is a State university system|state-supported military academy|military college
in Lexington, Virginia|Lexington
, the oldest such institution in the United States
. Unlike any other Senior Military College|senior military college
in the United States, and in keeping with its founding principles, VMI enrolls only military cadets and awards baccalaureate degrees exclusively.
VMI offers cadets strict military discipline
combined with a spartan, physically and academically demanding environment. The Institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines in engineering, the sciences, and the liberal arts.
While VMI has been called the "United States Military Academy|West Point
of the South",
it differs from the United States Service academies|federal service academies